Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers advance to Super Bowl 55

first_imgJanuary 25, 2021 /Sports News – National Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers advance to Super Bowl 55 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s a contest of the rising young star quarterback versus the G.O.A.T. — Austin Mahomes versus Tom Brady — in the upcoming Super Bowl.The Kansas City Chiefs will square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday after emerging victorious over the Buffalo Bills in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, winning 38-24.Tampa Bay came out strong against the Green Bay Packers, defeating them 31-26 at the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field on Sunday.According to ESPN, Brady, 43, shouted to teammate Devin White as he exited Lambeau Field, “D-White, where we going? We’re going home!”The Bucs are officially the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl hosted at their home stadium — Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.Brady now sets a record for being the oldest player, in any position, to play in a Super Bowl.Not only that, coach Bruce Arians will officially be the second-oldest coach to head to a Super Bowl, behind Bills’ coach, the late Marv Levy.Should Arians win, however, he will become the oldest coach at 68 to win a Super Bowl.  Should the Bucs win, it’ll mark the team’s second Super Bowl victory — the team’s first and only appearance at the Big Game was in January 2003.As for Kansas City, they stand to notch their second consecutive win, as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers last year — 31 to 20.  If they win, it’ll mark their third Vince Lombardi Trophy.  The only other time they won it was back in 1970, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings.The Big Game kicks off next Sunday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion

first_img Related Shows Tickets are now available for The Lion, an autobiographical musical written and performed by singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer. Directed by Sean Daniels, the limited engagement will play from June 10 through July 13 at City Center. Opening night is set for June 26. View Comments The Lion The Lion is a true story of love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Songs from the tuner are featured on Scheuer’s album, The Bridge. The Lion has been previously performed in various incarnations at Lincoln Center, the St. James Theatre in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The production will have set design by Neil Patel, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Leon Rothenberg. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014last_img read more

Sutton Foster on Getting Glam & Not Singing on Her New Sitcom Younger

first_img View Comments The Broadway favorite, who begins filming the new series on September 22, says she was excited about the show from first blush. “Usually when I get a script, I look at a couple of pages and then whatever,” Foster says, “but with this I sat down in my kitchen and read it all in one sitting. I remember thinking, ‘This is great: She’s kind of dorky and awkward and is trying to reinvent herself…I can do that!’” Foster’s having a ball channeling her inner 20-something. “When I was 26, I was in rehearsals for Millie,“ she says. “I was gratefully working in my 20s, and I never really thought of myself as hip, so this is really fun. The cool thing about it is that I get to keep all of the maturity and intelligence that I have as a 40-year-old.” Star Files Will Foster show off her triple-threat skills on the show? “No karaoke episodes,” she laughs. “With Bunheads, I had the outlet to sing and dance, but this is a totally different thing. I get to show a different side of myself. I think Liza’s tone deaf, so maybe you’ll hear some tone-deaf singing.” The other cool thing is how much she’s enjoying getting decked out for the part. “Let’s just say this is the polar opposite of Violet,” Foster says referring to her most recent Broadway appearance. “I get to be dressed by Patricia Field; my wardrobe is insane. I’m wearing a lot of makeup, and my hair is glammed and highlighted. I get to live vicariously through Liza.” Tony winner Sutton Foster and the cast of her newest project, TV Land’s Younger, shared a sneak peek at the pilot episode of the fresh and funny sitcom on September 19 at New York City’s Soho House. The show, which Foster previously described to Broadway.com as “Tootsie but with age,” follows 40-year-old Liza, a single mom who passes herself off as 26 in order to land a job in publishing.  Younger, which features Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor, Debi Mazar and Nico Tortorella in addition to Foster, will premiere on TV Land in January. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

Brave Japanese rafters paddle against the floods

first_img“I immediately told them, ‘We’ll get down there now.’ And I prepared the boats. I did not hesitate at all,” he said.Several days of heavy rain over wide areas of Japan’s southwestern Kyushu island have left dozens dead in flooding or landslides and turned low-lying areas like Hitoyoshi into a ghost town overnight.At least 17 people have reportedly lost their lives in the hot-springs resort and persistent torrential rain has made access difficult for the emergency services.Oishi himself was one of the lucky ones — his home and boat-storage facilities are on higher ground in the riverside city but he described his shock at seeing his home town underwater.  Topics : When torrential rain flooded his scenic neighborhood in western Japan, Kentaro Oishi had no hesitation: he jumped in the inflatable normally used for taking tourists white-water rafting and paddled off to rescue stranded locals.The 50-year-old and his three fellow rafters, who usually take holidaymakers on a white-knuckle ride down the Kuma River, found themselves paddling through dirt waters that submerged their district after the river broke its banks.”I got an emergency call from the city’s disaster management office for help… as they thought we would be the first ones to get there,” Oishi, who heads the rafting association in Hitoyoshi City, told AFP by telephone. “I have 20 years of rafting experience, but I never dreamed” of rowing the boat through the city, the veteran paddler told AFP.”To tell you the truth, I was so scared at first when I saw water levels rising so rapidly in the river,” he said. ‘Return to the river’ During rescue operations, the four rafters often had to disembark and walk the raft carefully against the onrushing muddy water to avoid capsizing and tipping terrified residents aboard.”It was so tough as we did not know what was below the dirt stream,” Oishi said.But they managed to rescue some 40 residents, mainly elderly people including one person waiting for help after water rushed up to neck level.”We usually help tourists from outside the city enjoy rafting, but this time we could help local people survive,” he said. “I’m grateful that local residents can now be aware what contribution rafting can make to the community,” he said.Following his one-day volunteer rescue operation, Oishi swapped his paddle for a shovel and has since been helping remove dirt from houses in his neighborhood.In normal times, Oishi would be enjoying one of the busiest periods of the high tourist season, with up to 100 people per day flocking to his river-rafting experience.But with the flooding coming on top of the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled tourism, he has already decided to cut his losses for this year.”I gave up on reopening this year as bridges were washed away and roads were cut off. But I still hope to return to the river possibly next year,” the rafter told AFP.last_img read more

Ireland stun Black Ferns

first_img Brazier’s second penalty extended New Zealand’s lead but when Alison Miller went over with Briggs again adding the extras, it was the Irish who led by three. Another Brazier penalty levelled the scores but Briggs slotted one of her own with 10 minutes remaining and Ireland held on for a famous victory. The result moved Ireland to the top of Pool B ahead of their final group match against Kazakhstan on Saturday. Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan praised the back-room staff for their part in plotting New Zealand’s downfall. “All credit should go to the coaches, the analysis team and the game-plan they gave us,” she said on the International Rugby Board women’s rugby official Twitter feed. “It’s absolutely wonderful to win against the world champions. Tonight we’ll go out and enjoy a beer, then tomorrow we’ll start getting ready again for Kazakhstan.” And New Zealand coach Brian Evans said: “We are very disappointed, but fair play to Ireland. “They outmuscled us, they forced errors, but huge congratulations to them for that. “Our mistake level was so high and we couldn’t execute our game-plan and our ball retention was bad, but we must stay positive. “I have a lot of respect for the Irish team and coaches. They are top people.” The Black Ferns have won the last four tournaments and had not lost a World Cup game since a defeat to the United States in the semi-finals in 1991. They began reasonably well and led 8-0 courtesy of a Kelly Brazier penalty and Selica Winiata’s try but Heather O’Brien’s score, which was then converted by Niamh Briggs, cut the deficit to just one point at the break. Ireland caused one of the great upsets in Women’s Rugby World Cup history as they beat New Zealand 17-14 in Pool B.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img19 May 2014South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed concern over the activities of armed rebels on the continent, and has called on the African Union (AU) to take steps to bring about stability.Zuma’s call, made in a statement on Sunday, come in the wake of the abduction of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria and the bomb attacks that left 10 people dead in Kenya last week.He said the AU’s Standby Force needed capacity, adding that South Africa aimed to discuss the security situation on the continent at the next African Union Peace and Security Council gathering.“It is crucial to build a stronger and a well-resourced African Union to take forward the promotion of peace, security and the socio-economic advancement of the continent,” Zuma said.“Part of the capacity needed by the AU is the establishment of the African Standby Force for rapid deployment in crisis areas without delays.”Zuma also spoke out on the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by militant Islamist group Boko-Haram, calling on the kidnappers to release the children without further delay.Regarding the bombing and killing of civilians in Kenya, Zuma said the targeting of unarmed and innocent civilians was deplorable. On Friday, a bomb attack at a Nairobi market left 10 people dead and scores wounded.“The South African government reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manner of terrorism. South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned.”Zuma also called on the people of the Central African Republic to work towards peace in their country. “The people of the CAR have endured enough strife and conflict. We urge all leaders in the CAR to unite the people behind a common vision of peaceful co-existence and national unity.”He reiterated his full support for the African Union international support mission to the Central African Republic, while calling on all parties in the CAR to cooperate fully with the mission.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

FBI Raids Web Hosts Over Wikileaks Advocates’ Operation Payback

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick The FBI has reportedly raided a Texas web host and worked with international authorities to search servers in pursuit of the anonymous leaders of the group Anonymous, who blocked the website of PayPal earlier this month in retribution to the company’s decision to stop its customers from making donations to Wikileaks. That according to an affidavit posted in part by the legal watchdog website The Smoking Gun today. Dallas host Tailor Made Services was raided on the 16th of December, the site reported.“These coordinated attacks, investigators allege,” writes The Smoking Gun, “amount to felony violations of a federal law covering the ‘unauthorized and knowing transmission of code or commands resulting in intentional damage to a protected computer system.’” How several hours of inaccessibility constituted damage to the system was not described in the part of the affidavit posted online.According to the affidavit, the investigation included the co-operation of authorities in Canada, France and Germany. As for code, the LOIC DDoS software believed to be used by Operation Anonymous remain available on the social code site Github and on SourceForge. Thousands of people have downloaded it from those sites. The software allegedly makes it easy for a user to donate their computer’s bandwidth to repeatedly messaging a target server until it is rendered inaccessible by other users.The ephemeral group Anonymous, or Operation Payback, co-ordinated a series of such attacks earlier this month against Paypal, Mastercard, Visa and others. These global leaders in money transfer were criticized for preventing their customers from donating money to the controversial website Wikileaks, despite the site having been convicted of no crimes. Clearly a sufficient number of people in the FBI believe the denial of service attacks may constitute felony-level damage to computer systems, but others have argued that the campaign falls broadly within the tradition of non-violent civil disobedience and political protest.FBI Agent Allyn Lynd, whom The Smoking Gun reports signed the affidavit, has been in the technology news media before. He lead a 2009 raid on at least two Texas web hosts over an alleged federal crime concerning unpaid bills to AT&T and Verizon. Those raids disrupted a number of co-located but unrelated businesses, including some that allege the disruption cost them millions of dollars. In this latest affidavit, Lynd argued again that he may need to disrupt some other servers temporarily in order to achieve his goal of determining which servers were relevant to his investigation. Due to the document’s incomplete publication, whether any sense of irony was appreciated is unclear.No information has been made available to date regarding any FBI or other law enforcement investigation of the denial of service and other technical attacks made against the Wikileaks website.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Bensonwood Enters the Passive House Market

first_imgBetting on steady growth ahead, the New Hampshire firm has expanded its line of prefabricated building components to include wall, roof, and floor panels intended for Passive House buildings. Bensonwood launched the PHlex brand as an outgrowth of its 9-month-old Tektoniks line as it sensed rising interest in buildings that can meet the strict energy and airtightness requirements of Passive House certification. The company was founded by Tedd Benson in 1973 to help revive the craft of timber framing. It’s since branched into a line of prefabricated single-family houses called Unity, and runs a custom design and construction firm. With the introduction of PHlex, Bensonwood joins a growing number of companies that see increasing consumer demand for high-performance houses assembled from factory-made components.RELATED ARTICLESPassive House Building in the Digital AgeFactories Gear Up for Passive House BuildingBringing Passive House to Production BuildingPrefab Passive House Partnership Hits a MilestoneUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy Efficiency “Since Passive House has finally started to gain traction in the mainstream, we thought that we have a lot of things figured out in our system that dovetailed very nicely with Passive House requirements, specifically in terms of airtightness,” Bensonwood Chief Operating Officer Hans Porschitz said in a telephone call. Tektoniks is the production line building system developed by Bensonwood that can be used in Bensonwood and Unity homes. Components also can be bought by outside firms that need the high-performance building parts but not the design services that Bensonwood has to offer. The availability of airtight building parts that arrive on the job site insulated and fitted with windows helps fill a void in the industry, Porschitz said. “There are a lot of architects and Passive House consultants who can design Passive House buildings, but they sometimes run into challenges when it comes to execution,” he said. “There’s not a high level, a broad base, of Passive House builders out there. They’re growing but they’re not quite there yet.” How the panels are made The exact makeup of the panels varies depending on the climate zone where the house will be built. The amount of insulation needed in Maine is obviously far different than what a designer would want in South Carolina, so the thickness of wall and roof panels would differ accordingly. A typical wall panel would start, on the inside, with a service cavity that may or may not be insulated, then an airtight layer of 7/16-inch oriented strand board (OSB), and then a structural framed wall of I-joists or sawn lumber. The exterior sheathing might be OSB — typically, Huber’s Zip System OSB — or a continuous layer of wood fiber insulation, depending on need. Cavity insulation is dense-packed cellulose. Porschitz acknowledged that there are some doubts in the industry that OSB can make a reliable air barrier. But, he said, Bensonwood has a source of good quality OSB, and blower door tests show the components can easily hit airtightness requirements for Passive House building. Bensonwood’s production facility in Keene, New Hampshire, uses sophisticated equipment from the more developed European panel market, including a computer-controlled cutting station for framing and a robot that picks up and delivers building materials where they are needed. (See the photos in the gallery above.) Once the panels roll off the production line, they can be shipped to the job site for assembly. As other high-performance panelizers also argue, using factory-produced components drastically reduces room for error on site. Crews that put the houses together mostly have to focus on the intersections between panels — where the roof meets the walls, for example, or where walls come together at a corner. Buildings can be dried in very quickly, and there is virtually no waste generated at the site. On the Bensonwood or Unity side of the business, the company typically sends a least a couple of people to the site to oversee assembly of the building. But Porschitz sees a future where Bensonwood customers are doing more of that work. “We want to get away from where we have to be involved in every aspect,” he said. “We are in a transition phase from having our own crews to ultimately having partner builders who are certified and trained to install these enclosure systems without a direct advisor from us on site.” How much do these buildings cost? Production-line efficiencies are aimed at delivering high-performance houses at progressively lower prices. But as other manufacturers also have found, building to the Passive House standard on a state-of-the-art production line isn’t necessarily cheap. How expensive? That’s hard to say, because the cost depends so heavily on the climate-driven specs for the building, as well as the distance the components must be shipped. The vagaries make it complicated for buyers and builders who are used to thinking about the cost per square foot, not the cost of the components themselves. “The price per square foot of living space is a very gooey metric,” he said. “We’re trying to get away from that.” Instead, Porschitz said, the object is to come up with a flat rate for a particular wall or roof section, depending on the required R-value, as the component sits on a truck in the company’s yard. Change is coming to a hidebound industry Building houses from prefabricated parts is more common in parts of Europe than it is in the U.S., but a number of design/build firms are adopting production-line techniques in an effort to boost the quality and availability of high-performance houses. Among them are smaller firms such as Phoenix Haus, Ecocor, and GO Logic, as well as a few larger companies, like Katerra. All of them are looking to change the way people shop for and buy new homes, while prying the building industry out of its 19th-century mindset. Porschitz said that increased media attention to the Passive House standard, a growth in conference attendance, and more inquiries from potential buyers helped convince Bensonwood of the opportunities for growth in that part of the market. “In the past,” he said, “Passive House was like a buzzword that people picked up on a fancy website but they didn’t quite know what they were talking about. What we’ve found is more and more professionals are getting certified with that level of expertise and knowledge, and that tells us that more and more want to put it into their buildings.” Porschitz, who with a colleague went through Passive House training at the Yestermorrow school in Vermont earlier in the year, thinks that smaller companies may have the edge as prefabrication takes hold. Larger firms have the financial backing to advance to the next level of technology, but they may be managed by executives who come from other industries. “What they’re lacking is the knowledge about the product,” he said. “They’re not carpenters.” Bensonwood is still a relatively small company, with $20 million to $30 million in annual sales and still overseen by its founder and his wife. “Tedd has always been fascinated with Passive House,” he said. “We’ve been eyeing it. Well-insulated enclosure systems have always been a big part of what we did as a company. It has always been on our radar.”last_img read more

CAC Urging Vigilance While Shopping Online

first_img Consumers are also being encouraged to shop on reputable websites such as Amazon, to avoid having their personal information compromised by persons with criminal intent. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising consumers to be vigilant while conducting businesses online. Story Highlights The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising consumers to be vigilant while conducting businesses online.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on November 30, Information Technology Manager at the CAC, Andrew Evelyn pointed out that the Agency does not have the legal power to pursue merchants who reside overseas.“Our Consumer Protection Act solely protects our local consumers and also our merchants. In that regard, when you are doing an online transaction with an overseas merchant, it is your duty and responsibility to take very special care in doing these transactions,” Mr. Evelyn explained.The Information Technology Manager noted that citizens should use websites that are secure, adding that one way to determine the security of a website is by looking at the site’s address.“Check the first five characters in the website name, it should start with ‘https’ as that indicates that the website protects highly confidential online transactions like online banking and online shopping,” Mr. Evelyn said.“It is very important that a website is encrypted as if it is not, then your credit card information and password are sent over the internet in clear text, meaning persons with the right software, can clearly see your password,” he added.Consumers are also being encouraged to shop on reputable websites such as Amazon, to avoid having their personal information compromised by persons with criminal intent.“The more reputable websites spend a lot of money to improve their security and they have well-established procedures to handle complaints and to provide redress or compensation to the consumer if the purchase is not satisfactory,” Mr. Evelyn advised.The CAC Representative also informed that persons can research reviews of a website through avenues such as betterbusinessbureau.com, www.yelp.com or ripoffreport.com.Mr. Evelyn also urged consumers to desist from conducting transactions online, while utilizing free internet connections.“Don’t make purchases online when connected to free internet. Persons with criminal intent, will put up these connections to lure you into using it, where they will capture the information entered and [then] they are able to figure out your credit card information,” he pointed out.Consumers are also encouraged to use a third-party payment platform such as PayPal, to avoid using their credit card information on several sites.“Using a third-party application helps to keep your information protected as you are unaware of how well your information will be kept on some websites. Therefore, an application like PayPal that invests a lot in their infrastructure will protect your identity and credit card,” he added.Mr. Evelyn also advised that persons should create stronger passwords; update their browsers; regularly check credit card statements; and avoid purchasing from links shared in spam emails. Mr. Evelyn also advised that persons should create stronger passwords; update their browsers; regularly check credit card statements; and avoid purchasing from links shared in spam emails. last_img read more